Day 53: to Annapurna Base Camp
Appropriately enough for Annapurna, the Hindu goddess of fertility, a dal baht lunch is waiting, and on the sun-filled terrace I can sit and enjoy a combination of relief and release. For the time being, at least, I don't need to go any higher.
There's quite a crowd of trekkers already at the camp and, with a captive audience, Wongchu is in his element. Like many climbers I know, he has an inexhaustible supply of disaster stories. He points out a small Buddhist shrine just outside the camp, which marks the spot where Anatoly Boukreev, a Russian climber, was killed by an avalanche. Annapurna I has taken the lives of some 15 people. Some, he adds mysteriously, have died because they offended the mountain gods.
'By eating meat?'
'Eating meat, yes. But also having sex.'
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- Series: Himalaya
- Chapter: Day 53: to Annapurna Base Camp
- Country/sea: Nepal
- Place: Annapurna Base Camp
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